This position is open to current Colorado residents only.
If your goal is to build a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of
the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS). Our professionals strive to design and
deliver high quality human and health services that improve the safety, independence, and wellbeing of the people of Colorado. In addition to a great location and rewarding and meaningful
work, we offer:
Employee wellness programs
Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement benefits including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or
PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
Medical and dental health plans
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program
Paid life insurance
Short and long-term disability coverage
10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
Our Culture & Environment
Our vision is that the people of Colorado will be safe, healthy, and prepared to achieve their
greatest aspirations. Through our core values listed below, CDHS staff are committed to:
Making decisions with, and acting in the best interests of the people we serve, because
Colorado's success depends on their well-being
Sharing information, seeking input, and explaining our actions because we value
accountability and transparency
Managing our resources efficiently because we value stewardship
Promoting a positive work environment, and supporting and developing employees,
because their performance is essential to Colorado's success
Meaningfully engaging our partners and the people we serve because we must work
together to achieve the best outcomes
Committing to continuous learning because Coloradans deserve effective solutions today
and forward-looking innovation for tomorrow.
The Division of Child Welfare Services provides a range of leadership, management and supervisory functions related to the delivery of public child welfare services to children, youth and families. The Division provides administrative supervision for all child welfare programs in Colorado's 64 counties, and delivers technical support, monitoring, program improvement, regulatory oversight and other quality assurance functions.
Description of Job
This position is the senior authority in the area of Ongoing Child Protection by evaluation of the effectiveness of programs, approaches, identification of avenues to improve the quality of intervention and services, and by setting the standards for program operation to be followed by County Department of Human or Social Services.
This position collaborates with, other offices including but not limited to the Judicial Branch, Department of Health Care, Policy and Financing and the Office of Behavior Health to develop cross office collaboration to improve services to children and families across Colorado. Decisions made by this position may also impact federal financial sanctions for the Department. This position also addresses child protection specialty areas including expedited permanency, assessment, family services plans, treatment intervention, casework supervision, recruitment and retention of staff, innovative out of home placement models and judicial issues.
This position is the senior authority in the area of ongoing child protection and includes child protection specialty areas such as expedited permanency, assessment, family service plans, treatment intervention, case work supervision, recruitment and retention of staff, innovative out of home placement models/ permanency models, and judicial services when families are involved in the child welfare system. The State of Colorado relies on this position to ensure that child welfare practices in Colorado are meeting Federal standards for practice regarding children and their families when they become involved in the child welfare system. Colorado Counties also rely on this position to complete guidelines and interpret federal laws as they relate to compliance for child welfare in Colorado. This includes all practice areas from the time a child welfare cases opens through permanency.
Administers statewide permanency planning requirements for county departments of human/social services that require collaboration and negotiation with state judicial and the local judicial districts in order to effectively carry out statutory requirements regarding expedited permanency planning for all children under the age of 6 and the siblings who are the responsibility of county departments.
Author's reports to the Colorado legislature about the status of permanency planning in Colorado.
Serves as a liaison for all 64 counties in matters that are critical in ongoing child protection.
Responsible to create and implement improvement plans and to monitor progress and outcomes when sanctions are issued.
Responds to questions from stakeholders, legislators, and media, other state and federal agencies, professional organizations and researchers throughout the United States, including national level organizations related to ongoing child protection.
Interacts with the Departments' legislative liaison to provide policy and fiscal analysis on proposed legislation related to child protection.
Communicates with child protection advocates, provides testimony at legislative hearings and is responsible for implementation of statute related to ongoing child protection.
This position is the senior expert to review and evaluate service delivery of 64 county departments of human/social services as related to ongoing child protection and child welfare services.
Serves as the divisions lead in drafting revisions to reports in the state automated child welfare case management system related to areas of program responsibility.
Oversees and works with county directors to review county policies related to ongoing child protection, permanency planning and initiates program improvement plans or sanctions when there is noncompliance by a county.
Makes recommendations to child welfare director and child welfare leadership on various child welfare programs.
This position attends training on the latest models and methods and interventions to use to address ongoing child protection issues and then provides training to staff in county department of human/social services including other states agencies. This would include judicial, state staff and others as determined.
Policy Development and Analysis:
Researches, collects and analyzes ongoing child protection data to identify statewide trends, patterns and problems in program services.
In addition to Colorado data collaborates with others states and national organizations to develop policies or to propose legislation resulting in more efficient and effective program.
Initiates changes in rules and polices that aligns Colorado with the national trends and best practices and assists counties to improve in service delivery.
Researches national models of ongoing child protection assessments to ensure the best and most current practices are being utilized in Colorado.
Committee and Resource Consultant:
Serves as the ongoing child protection expert in numerous public venues.
Acts as resource consultant to child protection supervisor groups and to child protection supervision training and curriculum development staff for 64 county departments of human/social services.
Serves as the Division's lead program liaison with State Judicial and the local judicial districts regarding Dependency and Neglect matters.
Participates in numerous committees for the purpose of making recommendations on program policy, rules and legislation related to Child Welfare services.
Serves as the State Liaison with counties and citizens.
Participates in numerous committees for the purpose of making recommendations on program, policy, rules and legislation related to Child Welfare services.
Frequent Overnight travel is required
Staff Supervision and Team Leadership:
The Ongoing Child Protection Administrator supervises Three permanent employees (ongoing specialists) and, any temporary employees assigned to the unit. Supervisory role includes setting performance standards, conduct performance planning and appraisal of staff, ensure that subordinate staff development needs are met. Initiate and conclude necessary corrective or disciplinary actions. Monitor and approve formal leave for staff and provide for formal and regular interval evaluations of direct report staff.
Determines workflow and distribution of work; scheduling; employee performance management needs; staffing needs, training; and progressive discipline.
Subject Matter Expert (SME) & Other Duties as Assigned:
Provides ongoing technical assistance and guidance assigned to county departments regarding timeliness of initial contact, timeliness of assessment closure, accuracy in completing the safety and risk assessment, decision making around safety within the dual track response system and the overall global assessment within child protection specifically as it relates to permanency.
Provides technical assistance on difficult child protection issues and provides onsite coaching and supervision to counties struggling with implementing best practices according to rules, policies, procedures and statues, both state and federal.
Provides oversight and supervision to county departments regarding these rules, policies, and procedures. General knowledge of casework across the life of a case.
Position will need to travel across the state to other state and county agencies for technical assistance and guidance.
Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to the work assignment.
Four years of professional experience in an occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.
Additional appropriate experience will substitute for the degree requirement on a year for year basis. Additional appropriate education will substitute for the required experience on a year for year basis.
Applicants using education as a substitution MUST supply unofficial transcripts before the application deadline to the Human Resources office; applications requesting this substitution without transcripts will NOT be considered.
Master's degree in Social Work
Ideal candidate will possess professional experience in occupational field related to the work assigned to the position.
Highly desirable Knowledge and Skills, and Abilities:
Excellent attention to detail
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Strong organizational skills
Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, adjusting for competing priorities to meet deadlines
Conditions of Employment
The successful candidate in this position must be willing and available to submit to the following conditions:
The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a criminal background check.
The successful candidate in this position will also possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license and be able to independently travel throughout Colorado using personal transportation or a state vehicle to conduct customer visits.
The successful candidate in this position will be willing to submit to and able to successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen.
If you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.
Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.
Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at www.colorado.gov/spb.
A standard appeal form is available at: www.colorado.gov/spb. If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.
How to Apply (PLEASE READ CAREFULLY)
Please attach a resume and cover letter.
Please note that ONLY your State of Colorado job application will be reviewed during the initial screening; if you submit a resume and cover letter, they will be reviewed in later stages of the selection process. Therefore, it is paramount that you clearly describe all of your relevant experience on the application itself. Applications left blank or marked "SEE RESUME" will not be considered.
Your application will be reviewed against the minimum qualifications for the position. If your application demonstrates that you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be invited to the comparative analysis process, which is described below.
Note: Current and former employees (transfers, voluntary demotions and reinstatements) are required to apply and participate in the comparative analysis process.
Former employees of the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) who were disciplinary terminated or resigned in lieu of termination must disclose the information on your application and may not be eligible for employment at CDHS.
Comparative Analysis Process
The comparative analysis process for this position may consist of a structured application review, and a structured interview depending on the number of qualified applicants.
Any person with a disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To receive the accommodation, the person making the request must present medical documentation that describes the impairment which justifies the accommodation. Because it requires several days for CDHS to evaluate the request and prepare for the accommodation, it is essential for the person who believes he/she may need an accommodation to locate or obtain the documentation that he/she intends to submit well in advance of the assessment date. Failure to provide the medical documentation three days in advance of a comparative analysis could make it impossible for CDHS to prepare for and provide the requested accommodation. To request a reasonable accommodation for this assessment, please contact Bridget Clawson Braaten at 303-866-4373 or email@example.com or the contact listed on this announcement three days before the assessment date.